(8-4-20)  Governor DeWine announced that Mercer County has the highest number of cases in the state per 100,000 residents over the past two weeks.

Today the MCHD reported three new cases-

  • 527th confirmed case is a female in the age range of 20-30 years.
  • 528th confirmed case is a female in the age range of 70-80 years.

Both of these individuals are self-isolating at home.

  • The 529th confirmed case is a hospitalized male in the age range of 60-70 years.



From Ohio Governor Mike DeWine:

“Schools and parents continue to work to make decisions on how to safely go back to school. I know there is frustration by the uncertainty. We cannot know what the next 3 weeks will bring, let alone the next 3 months, 6 months, or 9 months of school.

We’ve tried to give schools as much information as possible to help them make decisions on how to move forward. Here, we’ve ranked Ohio’s counties by highest occurrence – this shows what the spread has been like in our counties over the last 2 weeks.

The amount of community spread in each county will determine what the school year looks like. We can impact what the future will bring.

Today the Governor announced that the state will issue an order requiring all K-12 students to wear face coverings this fall. Exemptions for the mask requirement include:

  • Children under the age of 2
  • Any child unable to remove the face covering without assistance
  • A child with a significant behavioral/psychological issue undergoing treatment that is exacerbated specifically by the use of a facial covering
  • A child living with severe autism or with extreme developmental delay who may become agitated or anxious wearing a mask
  • A child with a facial deformity that causes airway obstruction